Parenting Tips http://www.topparentingtips.com Being a great parent does not come easy. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 23:19:48 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.2.2 en Forgetful Mommy http://www.topparentingtips.com/forgetful-mommy-08/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/forgetful-mommy-08/#comments Sun, 08 Apr 2012 23:19:29 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/forgetful-mommy-08/ Love this text!

funny text mom

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Welcome to Our Home http://www.topparentingtips.com/welcome-to-our-home-13/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/welcome-to-our-home-13/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:16:58 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/welcome-to-our-home-13/ The first night our new kitten came home he slept like this…

Welcome

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Yep, Sounds Right http://www.topparentingtips.com/yep-sounds-right-07/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/yep-sounds-right-07/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:29:13 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/yep-sounds-right-07/ Love this exchange.

texts

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Father of the Year - Halloween Edition http://www.topparentingtips.com/father-of-the-year-halloween-edition-31/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/father-of-the-year-halloween-edition-31/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:22:56 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/father-of-the-year-halloween-edition-31/ This guy should win an award!

father of the year, not!

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Moms - Try Using a Mommy Business Card http://www.topparentingtips.com/moms-try-using-a-mommy-business-card-24/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/moms-try-using-a-mommy-business-card-24/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:31:29 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/moms-try-using-a-mommy-business-card-24/ Even in this day of age many stay-at-home moms are seen and non-productive!  That is a total fallacy, in fact today many ‘moms’ are expected to not only cook, clean and take care of children but also to bring home some bacon!  Whether it is by running a small home based business or working part-time many moms these days are becoming burnt out from wearing so many hats and bearing so much responsibility.

Just last week I was at the local community center watching my kids take their weekly swimming lessons and a young mother carrying a baby came up to me and handed me a business card.  It said, “full-time mom and part-time swimming instructor”, she went on to tell me that every Sunday she taught private swimming lessons in her backyard pool for a small fee.  I thought it was great that she was using mommy business cards that not only helped her promote her part-time business but also identified her as a proud mom!!  I have seen many business cards over the years but this one brought a great big smile to my face.

I have decided that I am going to have my very own daddy business cards printed up because I am a stay home dad but also do computer repairs out of my basement!

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Mom Super Fail http://www.topparentingtips.com/mom-super-fail-10/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/mom-super-fail-10/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:19:18 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/mom-super-fail-10/ bad mom

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Parenting for 2011 http://www.topparentingtips.com/parenting-for-2011-03/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/parenting-for-2011-03/#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 06:20:06 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/parenting-for-2011-03/ If getting kids back in the groove after the holidays has you about to tear your hair out, you’re not alone. I’m sure I could be a better parent if I wasn’t working, cooking, commuting, paying bills, and doing all the other super-fun things on my to-do list.

But I took heart from David Palmiter, a clinical psychologist and father of three children in Clarks Summit, Pa., whose new book, Working Parents, Thriving Families: 10 Strategies that Make a Difference (Sunrise River Press, $16.95), focuses on how hectic parents with limited time and energy can do better by their kids in 2011. Here’s an edited version of our conversation:

Here it is, the beginning of January, and already I feel like I’m falling behind with the kids. Is it just me?
Sometimes I think I’m doing a bad job as a parent because I’m so crazy busy. [But it’s more useful to] try to think about what I can do with those precious snatches of time that will most promote happiness and wellness in my kids.

You emphasize parenting strategies that have been scientifically tested and proven effective. What’s the biggest?
One-on-one time with the kids. It’s not “quality time.” It’s really paying attention to your child, and praising him or her. It’s the difference between bowling and spending an hour looking your child in the eyes and telling her why she is important to you.

[Praise a Child Right, and You’ll Get Results]

That sounds time-consuming.
Just one hour a week of special time will work wonders with a difficult child.

I think I can manage that! What else should I be doing to keep the family glued together?
Self-care. One of the best gifts you can give your children
is your own peacefulness. It’s incredibly important in terms of promoting kids’ wellness. And it’s also very hard for many parents to pull off, because they’re so stressed about work, the economy, and jobs.

[Two Simple Ways to Be a Happier Parent]

So I can tell myself that going to the gym or taking a walk is good for the kids?
Absolutely.

And you say that rituals really help keep the family balanced, even if they’re not big, fancy, once-a-year events like holidays.
When I ask children about their favorite family memories, a lot of them will talk about a ritual. They’re islands of stability in the torrential currents of our culture.

One I really like is a rotating gratitude letter. Each week you pick one member of the family. Everyone else writes that person a letter explaining why they’re grateful for him or her. Adolescents and adults can write 300 words, and the younger kids can draw pictures. That person sits in a chair while everyone reads their letters. It’s very common for both the reader and recipient to tear up. That’s creating the kind of memory that lasts forever.

Rituals seem to have a protective function for kids. Even if the family is going through a divorce or other tough time, you can say: We still go to temple every week, or we still have pizza night, or we still have family game night. The more the rituals are in place, the less their lives change.

What’s an easy way to start a new family ritual?
There’s a family game night module on Nintendo’s Wii. If you take your average 12-year-old and ask him to play a board game, it’s like proposing going to the dentist. If you do it on the Wii, it’s fine.

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Parents Step Away from your Kids Facebook Account http://www.topparentingtips.com/parents-step-away-from-your-kids-facebook-account-29/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/parents-step-away-from-your-kids-facebook-account-29/#comments Sat, 29 May 2010 03:47:01 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/parents-step-away-from-your-kids-facebook-account-29/ Better stay away from your kids Facebook account, or else…. A judge slapped an Arkansas mother with a fine for locking her 17-year-old son out of his Facebook account and ordered the woman to leave the teenager alone.

Denise New hijacked her son Lane’s Facebook account when he left it logged in on a home computer, changing his password and posting as Lane. One post cited by the judge: “Check this out — I went to my mom’s and deliberately started an argument and called the police on her. She almost went to jail. How cool is that? Ha, ha, ha.”

New was convicted on a misdemeanor harassment charge, receiving a $435 fine and mandatory parenting and anger-management classes, according to the Associated Press, as well as a 30-day suspended jail sentence to be served only if she violates provisions in her year-long probation. New is also no longer allowed to see her son, who has lived with his grandmother for the past five years. The judge said he’d consider allowing New to see Lane after the classes were complete.

But paramount to all — Lane has access to his Facebook again. Another low-blow to parents everywhere!!

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Banned Commercial http://www.topparentingtips.com/banned-commercial-11/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/banned-commercial-11/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:46:04 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/banned-commercial-11/ This one is just wrong on so many levels…

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No More Tears is No More http://www.topparentingtips.com/no-more-tears-is-no-more-17/ http://www.topparentingtips.com/no-more-tears-is-no-more-17/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2008 20:49:14 +0000 admin http://www.topparentingtips.com/no-more-tears-is-no-more-17/ Here is a great tongue-in-cheek article from over at www.theonion.com.

lots of tears shampoo

After decades of coddling young children, Johnson & Johnson unveiled its new “Nothing But Tears” shampoo this week, an aggressive bath-time product the company says will help to prepare meek and fragile newborns for the real world.

A publicity campaign for the tear-inducing shampoo has already begun, with Johnson & Johnson debuting a series of television ads to push the baby-care product. In one of the minute-long spots, scheduled to air later this week, a mother cradles her crying newborn in her arms. As time passes, the weeping infant grows increasingly older, until the now elderly woman struggles to hold up her 48-year-old, 230-pound son. A voiceover announcer asks viewers, “Worried your child will never toughen up? At Johnson & Johnson, we can help.”

Despite testimonials from satisfied customers, some concerned parents have come out against the new shampoo.

“To knowingly upset your baby like that is downright cruel,” said Hershey, PA homemaker Barbara Sterling. “My child is going to lose his blissful sense of innocence the old-fashioned way—by coming home from school one day only to learn that his parents are getting a divorce.”

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